Scoutmaster Minute—The New Scout

March 15, 2009

There was a boy named Jim who moved into town just after his 11th birthday.  For a long time he thought about becoming a Scout.  Jim was a bit shy, maybe too much so.  He didn’t push things; usually waited for an invitation.

Well, one night Jim came down to visit our troop meeting.  He looked in through the window and saw us playing and heard our voices.  But he couldn’t quite force himself to come inside.  Now don’t laugh-it wasn’t so very long ago that you might have been in Jim’s place.

Jim waited around awhile and went home, without getting his nerve up to come in.  He was pretty miserable about his failure, but he came back a week later.

He waited outside the door again.  He just couldn’t force himself to come in uninvited.  Finally, he saw a Scout coming down the street, heading for the meeting.  That Scout was you.

Now that’s all of the story I’m going to tell you tonight.  What happened?  Did you brush by him, or did you invite him to come in?

(Adapted from Troop Program Resources p.10)

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